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15

Aug 2018

How To Start A Business In Hong Kong As A Foreigner – Is Your Business Sustainable?

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / No responses

I recently gave a talk at Campfire Collaborative Space on the topic of how to start a business in Hong Kong as a foreigner, which in essence is the journey of getting a Business Investment Visa as an Entrepreneur after the implementation of the Enhancement Measures in 2015 and the Audit Commission Report Number 66 from 2016.

In this segment I discuss the non-funding resources you need to start your business in Hong Kong as a foreigner.

  The Rest of  Talk

Introduction

How We Got Here

Must Have Resources

The Startup Visa

Business Investment As An Entrepreneur (Visa)

Three Elements To Approval

Have You Got Enough Money?

Is Your Business Sustainable?

A Properly Set Up Office

How About Local Jobs?

Economic Sector Advantages

Hiring Yourself

D-I-Y Application

 

Important Materials Referenced In The Presentation

10 Must-Have Resources for Any Hong Kong Investment Visa Application

Accredited Startup Programmes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Visa Handbook Free Kits

Your Questions Answered

 

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14

Aug 2018

How to Get a Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Approved – The Inside Scoop – Introduction

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I recently gave a talk at Centre O Connect in Sheung wan setting out the nitty gritty of the Hong Kong entrepreneur visa since the implementation of the Enhancement Measures on May 6, 2015.

In this segment, I set the scene for the presentation. Here is the 10 Must Have Resources link discussed in the talk.

(First Published on January 12, 2016)

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Introduction

How Did We Get Here?

Startup vs. Entrepreneur

Getting Approved

The Question of Money

Passing the Approvability Test

Improve Your Chances

D-I-Y Application

 

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12

Aug 2018

How To Start A Business In Hong Kong As A Foreigner – Have You Got Enough Money

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / No responses

I recently gave a talk at Campfire Collaborative Space on the topic of how to start a business in Hong Kong as a foreigner, which in essence is the journey of getting a Business Investment Visa as an Entrepreneur after the implementation of the Enhancement Measures in 2015 and the Audit Commission Report Number 66 from 2016.

In this segment I talk about how much money you need to have in order to fulfill the monetary requirement to anticipate a visa approval.

  The Rest of  Talk

Introduction

How We Got Here

Must Have Resources

The Startup Visa

Business Investment As An Entrepreneur (Visa)

Three Elements To Approval

Have You Got Enough Money?

Is Your Business Sustainable?

A Properly Set Up Office

How About Local Jobs?

Economic Sector Advantages

Hiring Yourself

D-I-Y Application

 

Important Materials Referenced In The Presentation

10 Must-Have Resources for Any Hong Kong Investment Visa Application

Accredited Startup Programmes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Visa Handbook Free Kits

Your Questions Answered

 

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10

Aug 2018

Can I Come to Hong Kong as Visitor, Find a Job, Then Change to an Employment Visa?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

Down the years a great many foreign nationals arrive in Hong Kong as visitors ‘on spec’ and are able to successfully change their immigration status in order for them to take up employment when a job offer manifests itself here. This question discusses this very issue and provides the answer that a lot of people are asking about.

QUESTION

“Hi Stephen, 

Thanks for getting back to me on Twitter (@xxxxxx).

Basically, my partner has been offered a teaching post, to commence mid-August 2012, so she should be able to get her visa fine.

We are engaged but weren’t planning on getting married any time soon.

I am currently a Senior HR Manager in the US and would like to pick up the same job in Hong Kong, however I will have to enter on a visitors visa and I am worried about being seen looking for recruitment as I know they don’t like it.

If I do this, what happens if I get a job offer?

Can I leave to Macau to then come back into the country?”

ANSWER

This question really gets to the heart of whether or not it’s possible to come to Hong Kong as a visitor and then change your status to employment in regard to a job offer that may manifest itself while you find yourself in Hong Kong as a visitor.

Today the Hong Kong the system works such that you can be in Hong Kong as a visitor and you can make an application for an entry visa to take up employment or you can be outside of Hong Kong and make an application for an entry visa to take up employment.

Whether you’re inside or outside of Hong Kong these days in a practical sense particularly from say Europe or North America or Australia for that matter, it doesn’t really matter where you are. The application consideration criteria are exactly the same irrespective of the pathway that you adopt to getting your application processed.

As regards you coming to Hong Kong as a visitor, specifically to look for work, even though you are going to be joining your fiancée, it is permitted activity to be in Hong Kong and look for employment indeed to interview for employment, although in a very practical sense I would suggest that as you come into Hong Kong for the first time across the border, if the examining officer asks you what’s your purpose for coming to Hong Kong I wouldn’t specifically state that you’re coming to look for employment. Just say that you’re coming to visit your fiancée who’s working in Hong Kong or is a resident of Hong Kong.

And in fact, if we were to look back through our files down the years I think it’s fair to say that probably 70% of all employment visas tend to be applied for on the basis of an adjustment in status from visitor to employment. So, when you state that, the Immigration Department don’t like people coming to look for jobs as such it’s not so much that they don’t like it, it’s they have a preferred methodology of submitting an application for an employment visa – they prefer that you do it from outside of Hong Kong but the practical reality is that a lot of people find themselves in Hong Kong, as I say, when a job offer manifests themselves itself. So, they do entertain such applications and are prepared to grant approvals as long as the approvability test for the particular application has been satisfied. So, I think that probably takes care of the question part that relates to adjusting your status to an employment visa.

Just one final note that given that you are fiancées without a fixed date for marriage as of yet, if you can show that you have a prior cohabitation before coming to Hong Kong and that your cohabitation continues after you’ve come to Hong Kong it is possible for you to get a prolonged visitor visa, which will allow you to live together with your partner but of course that doesn’t grant you permission to work. You’d still have to go through the process of submitting an application for a separate employment visa adjusting his status from visitor through to employment accordingly which takes you back to where you were at the beginning of this question.

Okay, so I hope that helps. Bye for now.

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06

Aug 2018

7 Years Residence in Hong Kong Under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme – What Permanent Residency Options Exist?

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

The Capital Investment Entrant Scheme has been a god send for reasonably well off people who have always fancied the idea of residence in Hong Kong but who were reluctant to start an operating business to be able to accomplish this. The following question raises the issue of how to disentangle yourself from the visa, releasing your CIES investment funds (either HKD6.5 or 10 million depending on when you were approved) at the end of your 7th year holding that status.

QUESTION

“Hi Visa Geeza, my family has invested with HK under the CIES and have been granted Identity Cards thereafter. (Pls note that we are not employed nor running a business in HK – but outside – so we are not considered as expats.) This year marks our 7th year and we would like to apply for permanent residency. We know that applicants under CIES need not to stay in Hong Kong as much as those who are applying simply for permanent residency. Could you tell us where we can find the eligibility requirement specifics for applicants from the CIES particularly for the required number of days stay in Hong Kong for the last 7 years?  Thank you.”

ANSWER

This is a really interesting question because ostensibly the visa upon arrival privileges afforded to more than one hundred and eighty different nationalities, are such that you have to present yourself as a bona fide A visitor, in order to qualify for admission under these arrangements.

It then begs the question as to what is permitted activity under the visitor visa category. The practical experience suggests that coming to Hong Kong to look for work is perfectly lawful, although if you were to indicate that this is your intention when you’re at the border, the officer may misconstrue what your real motivations are and may conclude that actually whilst you think that you’re just looking for work, he may conclude that you are going to be engaging in work, so you increase your risk profiles of bona fide A visitor when you present yourself, if you nominate to the examining officer what is bringing you to Hong Kong at this point in time.

So extensively if you’re going to be entering or exiting Hong Kong to spend time with your partner, who does have an employment visa, then you just explain that that is the purpose of your visit and I would stay silent as to your intentions to look for and ultimately secure work in Hong Kong and then adjust your status to get an employment visa.

Now in terms of whether it’s possible to extend your visa base on the desire to find work in Hong Kong, well, I’ll just refer you to what I mentioned earlier. If you’re coming as a visitor and have a good reason to be here as a visitor and don’t text back the immigration department to support your desire to extend your stay as a visitor because you’re pursuing the local job market in anticipation of finding a position subsequently, that would lead you to make an employment visa application. So keep the two very discreet and very separate.

Having said all that, primarily the vast majority of cases that we do for employment or an investment visas are done on what is effectively a change of status application basis where you find yourself in Hong Kong, a job as a visitor, a job often manifests itself and you then make an application to adjust your status from visitor to employment and once that process has played itself out, you’ll be granted an employment visa label but you would then have to make an exit from Hong Kong, Macau [02:44] relinquishing your visitor visa status as you make the exit and place the employment visa over on a clean page in your passport and turn right around and come straight back into Hong Kong and entering with your visitor visa and the immigration officer will activate you at the point of entering Hong Kong.

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04

Aug 2018

How Important Are Employment Testimonials in a Hong Kong QMAS Visa Application?

Posted by / in Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / No responses

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is designed to attract ‘top notch’ talents to the HKSAR and, by my reckoning, only about 5% of applicants ever receive a Golden Ticket. Of course if you happen to have a Nobel prize or you are an Olympiad with a medal to your name, the odds of an approval are a lot higher. However, if you’re applying under the General Points Test, your educational accomplishments, professional background and career achievements to date are of vital importance. As is documenting them…

QUESTION

“Hi,

The QMAS visa documentation requires “Copies of testimonials from every employer claimed as relevant to your application.”

– Is it same as experience letters from current and ex-employers?

– If not, is there any particular format of these letters?

– Is it a mandatory document?

Thanks so  much!”

ANSWER

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, the quality of the documentation and supporting information that you’re going to submit in support of the application is of utmost priority.

Therefore, when you ask whether the copies of testimonials from other employee claims [inaudible 00:22] application is the same as experience letters from current or ex-employers, is it the same? Well, you could say it’s the same, but really what the immigration department are looking for, is for tacit and express confirmation of the work experience that you’ve actually had once you were in those employments and it must go beyond just written confirmation that you say worked from this time to that time and you have such a job title. So it really does go to the heart of the work that you’re doing when you’re working for those organizations.

There is no specific format, but you should try hard if at all possible to engage with past employers to speak in detail about what you actually did and contributed during your employment with them, as this is the only way immigration department can collaborate your claim on the application.

In terms of the mandatory nature of these testimonials, you could say that everything is mandatory if you expect the immigration department to approve the application. Typically, if they ask for something you should try your ever best to give it to them. If you find it is practically impossible as it can be because of sensitive area by past employments, if it’s practically impossible to get current and past employers to speak to the exact experience and quality of your work, or indeed your proven accomplishments while you were working for them, you might want to consider providing an independent third-party validation of the work that you were doing through, for example, the parties you interacted with who are credible and are able to substantiate in a roundabout way. The representation in the sections that you marked on the application but you find yourself unable to get the express confirmation from your prior employers.

So yes, thinking that would be, well actually could help to get such information in the hands of the immigration department without specifically putting your ex-employers to the task and the challenge in terms of authenticating what you achieved in the past while you were working for them but that should be taken as an adjunct to the confirmation of your employment and shouldn’t be a replacement for those testimonials.

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03

Aug 2018

Is There Such a Thing as an ‘Occupations in Demand’ List for a Hong Kong QMAS Application?

Posted by / in Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is very often compared with other immigration programmes in the quality of life jurisdictions such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK. One essential difference, however, is that there is no such thing as an Occupations in Demand list (where visa availability is directly tied to the specific occupation of the applicant). Instead, the Hong Kong Immigration Department ask you to nominate which sector of the economy you believe you would make the best contribution to as a quality migrant and after that it’s just the luck of the draw!

QUESTION

“I am from India and have done a BA and an MBA (Sales & Marketing). Currently I am working as Sales Manager in a telecommunication company. I just wanted to confirm if my profession is eligible under the QMAS points scheme for Hong Kong.”

ANSWER

One thing that I’ve always found peculiar about the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is how the Immigration Department do not ascribe any particular value to professions per se, that is, you know, the profession of the individual applicant, but rather they look to the various segments of Hong Kong’s economy and then lay out various sectors in the economy, being fifteen of them, which includes the nominated others and the guidance and those sectors are then illustrated by way of example with various other subsectors, if you will, of those principle sectors.

So you as a Sales and Marketing professional with an M.B.A under your belt is actually enough and you keep looking to see where you fit into that particular matrix but actually you don’t fit into any particular matrix. Because you’re presently working in a Telecommunications Company, arguably, you fall under Sector ten – Information Technology and Telecommunications and then you would dovetail your specific skill sets in relations to Business Development within that sector.

So, consequently, there is no “professions in demand” or “occupations in demand” list like there is for example, in New Zealand and Australia, because of the way that those programs, those countries’ programs are structured. In Hong Kong, it’s not structured that way.

So what you’ve got to do is choose the sector where you think you best fit and allow your experience, qualifications and overall professional credentials to speak for themselves within that industry sector. And hopefully, you’ll pass muster and get approved.

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